Laurie Schacht, The Toy Insider Mom, visited The Today Show to showcase toys made in America.
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Learning doesn’t end in the classroom. No matter what age your child is, they can develop skills and a love for learning through play and educational toys.
This mrning, Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht visited Kathy Lee and Hoda to talk about some of her new favorites!
Sesame Street Elmo’s Find and Learn Alphabet Blocks
Cookie Monsers Find and Learn Number Blocks
- Learn about letters, the alphabet and counting!
School Bus & Take Along School
- Spark imagination through role play.
MSRP:$19.99 & $29.99
Rose Art Make It Mine! Kits
by Mega Brands
- Let kids’ imaginations run wild by giving them a fun way to decorate their school gear this year.
Rose Art Smart Tabletop Easel
by Mega Brands
- Set your art studio anywhere with this compact, portable and lightweight art easel
LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
-Compatible with more than 100 cartridge games, apps, digital books and videos, this tablet is just like Mom & Dad’s.
Tag Solar System Adventure Pack
- Play more than 40 activities and family friendly games with this 2-in-1 3 foot map!
Remote Control Machines
by Thames and Kosmos
-Assemble ten models demonstrating different ways in which the motors can be used including a bulldozer, cars, cranes, robotic arms and more!
- In this 3-dimensional maze game, players maneuver a small marble around more than 125 challenging barriers inside a large size transparent sphere.
Scientific Explorer Disgusting Special Effects Make-up Kit
by Giddy Up
-Fun activities help kids learn all about the movie tricks, but while learning the “science” behind scabs, cuts, bruises and how your body helps protect you.
by Oregon Scientific
-Includes 30 learning activities in multiple subjects; SmartPen with built in speaker; pull out, touch sensitive, domestic map for additional learning; and a 24-page interactive book with information on animals, food and landmarks.
Our Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht visited the Today Show with Hoda and Kathy Lee to give them the scoop on some of this seasons great out door toys!
Check out the clip and all toy info below, you may find just what the doctor ordered for a hot day of play like today!
• Colorful lines , squiggly twists, crazy designs
• Features an adjustable‐height folding handlebar, patented rear fender brake and smooth‐rolling urethane wheels
Lazer Stunt Chasers (Thinkway Toys)
MSRP: Under $45
• Perform mind boggling flips and stunts or race them!
• Chase after the light projected from the remote with amazing speed, agility and control using new patented
technology in light control
• Adjust the speed with the trigger, hit the turbo button form maximum power or use the left/right buttons for
tight turns and maneuvering
• Race the Chaser on to the curved ramp included and they’ll flip over and keep on going
• Each set includes Lazer Stunt Chaser car, with built -in rechargeable battery, battery deck charger, wireless remote, stunt ramp and instruction guide. (Batteries for charger and remote not included).
Backyard Safari Outfitters (Summit Toy)
MSRP: $ 14.99—39.99 each
• Base Camp Field Shelter – large enough for several kids to set up camp, complete with storage for all their gear
• Camouflage Netting – helps kids hide in plain sight
• Lazer Light Bug Vacuum – kids can capture bugs, identify specimens, and look at them up close using the built‐in
• Bird Watcher’s Field Kit – includes binoculars, tripod and three different bird callers
• Butterfly Habitat – the perfect environment for raising butterflies; includes a mail‐in coupon to receive live caterpillars and their food
• Expedition Two – includes a sturdy hiking stick and special missions to complete out on the trail
Lemonade Stand (ALEX Toys)
• Chalkboard front panel perfect for listing the day’s specials
• Oversized wheels and handle for easy movement
• Includes pitcher and four cups
Smash Stix (Wild Planet)
• Soft foam batons with electronic score pad
• Sound effects let you know when you’ve been hit
• Game automatically declares winner after 10 hits are registered against one player
Nerf Dart Tag Swarmfire Blaster (Hasbro)
MSRP: $29.99; Jersey MSRP: $15.99
• Players can launch a powerful stream of up to 20 darts, keeping opposing teams at bay
• Competition jerseys are available in orange or blue, featuring target panels on the front, back, and sleeves, as
well as mesh side panels to keep teams cool in the heat of battle
Sunny Patch Sand Play Sets (Melissa & Doug)
MSRP: $14.99 each
• Kids can make delicious pretend desserts at the beach or in the sand box with these Sunny Patch sand play sets
Naturally Playful® Little Dunes Sandbox (Step 2)
• Design and modern styling blends in with traditional landscapes in residential outdoor living areas
• Molded‐in seats on either side give kids a place to sit while playing
• Holds up to 150 lbs (68 kg) of sand (sand not included)
• Included colorful lid products sand from weather and pets
• 8.5” H x 45.00” x W x 29.25” D
Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm (Hasbro)
• Fully automatic for maximum speed
• Send soaking streams up to 25 feet away!
• Requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included)
KAOS Nemesis (Imperial Toy)
MSRP: $ 14.99
• KAOS brings out the insane fun of an extreme water balloon fight
• Allows users to throw a water balloon over 100 feet
Play Up Teeter Totter (Step 2)
• Two side‐contoured seats
• Easy grip handles
• Wipes clean easily
• Limit 2 children; maximum weight limit: 162 lbs
• 14.5” H x 47.75” W x 15.25” D
Seaside Beach Mat (Pacific Playtents)
• Great to take along to the beach, lake, backyard or park
• Water resistant and easy to wipe clean
• Mat is easy to transport and fun to eat and play on
Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket (LeapFrog)
• Combines imaginative picnic play with learning and sharing
• Kids pretend to pack a meal and go on a picnic with friends and family and learn about shapes, colors, and manners
• Helps develop motor skills as kids empty and fill the basket, stack the cups and match the foods into the plate by shape
Ages: 6 months+
MSRP: $ 21.99
Pool with Water Slide (Playmobil)
• Kids will have fun role playing with this
summertime play set indoors and outdoors
• Kids can let their Playmobil figures go for a
refreshing swim in this pool that can be filled
with real water
• Features a water slide and functioning shower
• Includes six figures and many other summer
• Ages 4+
• MSRP: $39.99
John Deere Power Trimmer and Clipper (Learning Curve)
• Young John Deere fans can help with the yardwork with this
unique and realistic weed trimmer
• Brightly-colored, tough plastic construction provides for safe
• No batteries needed! Power the motor by pulling on the
retractable cord and press the button for real weed trimming
• Ages 18mos+
• MSRP: $19.99 (each sold separately)
Fisher-Price Little Mommy Bubble Wagon (Tolly Tots)
• Pulling baby in a wagon sure is fun – especially when there’s
• Kids simply pull this wagon along, and a trail of playful bubbles
follows them wherever they go
• Kids can fill the wagon with toys, books or strap in a favorite doll
with the secure seatbelt.
• Designed for dolls up to 16 inches (not included).
• Bubble solution is included
• Ages 3+
• MSRP: $24.99
Tidoo Lutin Bright (Corolle)
• Designed for bath-time and pool-time fun, this sweet 12″ baby
doll is soft, posable and so light it floats
• Tidoo’s vinyl limbs and face have a mild vanilla scent that
children love, and its eyes open and close so Tidoo can take a
nap — just like a real baby
• Ages 18mos+
• MSRP: $40
Bubble Wand Kit (Artterro)
• Bend high quality copper wire with marbles into two beautiful, sturdy wands.
• Blow huge bubbles, decorate a garden or use for magic!
• Includes recipe for homemade bubbles.
Freeze Ball (Wild Planet)
• Soft colorful six sided ball and six number shaped wristbands
• Active game of colors, numbers, running, and reflexes
• Divide up the bands, put them on and the first player tosses the ball into the air while everyone scatters
• The player with the matching band picks up ball and yells freeze!
• Players then keep feet planted and try to catch the ball if thrown at them or duck away
• If a player catches the ball, the one who threw it gives the catcher a wristband..if a player is hit, they have to give up the wristband
MSRP: $ 12.99
Fun Go Play Sports Gear
• FunGoPlay is a fun, new online sports theme park that
rewards kids for real world active play
• Every time kids play with their real world sports gear—soccer
ball or flying disc to start—their playtime is tracked and they
are rewarded with extra medals, points and other cool stuff in
the online world
• The more kids play offline the more rewards they get online
• Ages 6+
• MSRP: $47.95 for Yearly Subscription and FunGoPlay Sports
Gear (choice of soccer ball or flying disc); additional sports
gear sold separately
OgoDisk 15-inch Mezo (Ogosport)
• Throw, catch, and bounce balls with these hand trampolines!
• Throw and catch like a flying disk or adapt to team sports like volleyball, baseball and tennis
• Great with water balloons and even floats
• Play alone or with many people
Baja Beast (Maisto)
• Unleash the beast with this awesome, hobby grade radio control 4×4 off road that handles like a champ
• Large pro-style controller for great control, and 3 kids can be playing at the same time
• Extra long range (165 feet)
• Lightweight body
MSRP: $ 50.00
Toy Fair is less than a week away! We can hardly wait to check out all of the fantastic toys hitting shelves this year.
This morning, our Toy Insider Mom, Laurie Schacht visited The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda to give a sneak peek into what this year’s show has in store.
Lite Sprites by WowWee (Fall 2011)
An all powerful Lite Wand magically captures color and light from any flat surface and cast color spells onto the Sprites and playsets of Lite-Topia, while emitting enchanting sounds.
Each Sprite comes with a Lite Pod. Includes 3 interactive games: Color Hunt, Color Mix, and Memory
The Sprite Sisterhood includes four Sprites: Prisma, Astra, Meadow and Brooke.
Bleak, the naughty one, rejects color and uses her powers to eliminate and disrupt the color of Lite-Topia.
Lite Wand and Prisma and Pod: MSRP: $29.99; Tree of Lite: $39.99; Deluxe playsets: $19.99
Tetris® Link™ by Techno Source (Fall 2011)
Tetris is the most recognized video game brand in the world—Now, fans can experience the Tetris effect with Tetris Link, a new tabletop strategy game that the whole family can play together
In Tetris Link, players battle to score the most points by linking colored Tetriminos, the iconic Tetris playing pieces, into an upright game tower while attempting to block competitors from linking their game pieces.
For 2 to 4 players.
Secret Agent Headquarters with Alarm System by Playmobil (Fall 2011)
Playmobil is introducing a whole new line of Secret Agent playsets The well-disguised Secret Agent Headquarters contains covert features, such as a trapdoor leading to the jail, a jet ski hiding place for an emergency escape, and a secret command center with LED board. The set comes with five figures, including a double agent with a changeable face.
Another exciting feature is the functional alarm system that can be placed in rooms at home to warn off “intruders”
Ages 7+/ MSRP: $89.99
Bizu by Spin Master (Fall 2011)
Bizu is a Twist on Beads allows girls to create and magically
transform their accessories. Make bracelets, charms, and necklaces any way you want. Give the jewelry a twist and create cute, posable, and lovable characters.
With the Bizu Style Studio you can sort, dispense, and style all of your Bizu characters! Comes with 4 ultra-rare characters. Create 4 stylish bracelets, link 3 together to make a necklace, or start a backpack and cell phone accessory trend.
Ages 6+/ MSRP: $19.99
Justin Bieber Rockin’ Tour Bus and Concert Stage by The Bridge Direct (Fall 2011)
Justin’s fans can recreate their favorite concert experience at home with the new Rockin’ Tour Bus, which opens up to reveal a rockin’ concert stage with lights and cool sound effects! There’s also a special port for connecting mp3 players or laptops, so that all your favorite digital music can be part of the show!
Ages 6+ / MSRP: $79.99
JB Real Hairstyle Doll by The Bridge Direct (Fall 2011)
It’s the doll that all Justin Bieber fans have been waiting for – the JB Signature Hairstyle Doll has soft and styled hair that replicates Justin’s signature “swoosh” hairstyle! Each Hairstyle Doll also comes with several cool accessories such as a skateboard, backpack or sunglasses.
Ages 6+ / MSRP: $17.99
Green Lantern Quickshot Game by Pressman Toy (May 2011)
Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as the newest member of the of the intergalactic police force Green Lantern Corps—in theaters June 17, 2011 Green Lantern Quickshot Game is an action-packed game that allows kids to put their dexterity to the test as they load up their shooters with marbles and try to pop out the Green Lanterns.
For 2 players
Ages: 6+ MSRP under $19.99
Transformers Cine-Mask 3D Masks by Hasbro (May 2011)
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON will be the first- ever TRANSFORMERS film in 3D — opens worldwide on July 1, 2011.
Hasbro is introducing OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE role play/ 3D masks.
Each mask is equipped with built in RealD 3D lenses that allow fans to watch any RealD 3D compatible movie! Each mask sold separately.
The Smurfs Carnival by MEGA Bloks (Summer 2011)
The Smurfs in 3D will be in theaters August 3, 2011!
With the Smurf Buildable Carnival playset, kids can build and rebuild their very own Smuf-tastic Carnival however they want.
The set includes a ferris wheel that really turs with a hand-powered crank, a windmill that really spins with a twisting slide, and a combination of two buildable mushroom houses stacked one on top of the other!
Paper Jamz Microphoneby Wow Wee (Fall 2011)
The new Paper Jamz microphone uses cutting-edge technology(Perfect Pitch) to deliver a unique and fun singing experience to your favorite songs.
Modes include perfect pitch which analyze and tunes singer’s pitch, solo/ duet, to sing with the artist or become the lead singer, as well as harmony and auto-vibrato. You can even change to chorus which multiplies singer’s vocals to add depth. Includes 2 built in hits and holds up to 3 songs at a time. Additional songs will be available on Paperjamz.com